Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 18 addressed Rajya Sabha and brought out some interesting elements on the occasion of Rajya Sabha witnessing 250th session. PM Modi’s speech points were both inspirational and insightful.
Rajya Sabha’s Importance in Giving Leadership
Explaining that the Rajya Sabha gave space to those people who found it difficult to manage the electoral politics, he cited the example of Dr BR Ambedkar and said that the Rajya Sabha helped Dr Ambedkar to contribute towards nation-building. PM said, “Lok Sabha is grounded but Rajya Sabha can look beyond and far. It is a far-sighted house and has provided intellectual richness”.
When the House Abolished the Law It Created
While explaining the historic role that the Rajya Sabha has played so far, PM Modi offered an interesting angle. He said Article 370 was brought by N Gopalaswami Ayyangar who was the leader of Rajya Sabha at that point in time. The abrogation of Article 370 and Article 35A were moved and accepted first in Rajya Sabha only this year.
PM also highlighted the historical role of Rajya Sabha in passing the historic bills related to Triple Talaq, the law on 10% EWS quota and GST.
Session Number 200 and 250 – Both in NDA’s Time
PM Modi reminded the House that the 200th session of Rajya Sabha had taken place when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister. Now, the 250th mark also coincided with NDA in power. On the occasion, PM Modi remembered how Atal Bihari Vajpayee had marked the occasion with his words and added his words to continue the same spirit. “In 2003, Atal ji had remarked that Rajya Sabha may be the second house but it should not be made a secondary house. Today, I agree with the thoughts of Atal ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be an active supportive house for national development.”
Appreciating NCP-BJD Behaviour – No Disruption by Entering into the Well
PM Modi showed that goodness needs to be appreciated irrespective of the fact of where it came from. He said, “Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties including mine can learn from them.”